Ballet Exams

We specialise in two examination syllabi: The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (classical ballet exams) and the  International Character Dance Syllabus (character dance exams). We can support your child to achieve their fullest potential in these exams, and can potentially offer support for other syllabi as well. Kate Reilly has entered hundreds of students over the past 12 years, many achieving High Distinctions. 

Australian Conservatoire of Ballet

Devised by Christine Walsh AM, The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet’s 12 year program is designed to suit the needs of all classical ballet students who are unable to take full-time dance training from an early age. The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet training and assessment program emphasises correct placement, dynamics and performing quality which are all qualities inherent in the Vaganova method. 

International Character Dance Syllabus

“The benefits of studying Character Dance are many and varied. Apart from physical and practical enhancements, there are social, historical and spiritual elements involved in this art form.

Dance and music are universal expressions of the integral emotions and artistic creativity of all human beings. All cultures express their joys and sorrows, love, excitement, fear, spirituality and core values through dance & music.

In Australia, where our culture is so richly enhanced with a multicultural population, we have an opportunity to embrace and celebrate a diverse range of traditions. By learning about different life-styles & history through the development of dance and music we can better understand, identify with, appreciate & respect peoples’ difference. This works to foster a more harmonious, and united community.

Most people feel a need or desire to acknowledge, express and celebrate their cultural heritage. Character Dance offers a unique opportunity to display the wealth and beauty of our combined cultural heritage in a professional, visually exciting and moving stage performance art.”

Alida Segal 

“Natural talents are great, but they don’t appear often enough to fill our theatres with good dancers. There has to be a method… ”

– Gabriela Darvish on the Russian method.